The New York Cosmos (2-0-1) home unbeaten streak was snapped Saturday night when the defending champs fell to the San Antonio Scorpions (2-0-1) by a final of 1-0.
The winning streak at Shuart Stadium had reached 25 games and started back in 1972 before the club moved to Giants Stadium. New York was 18-0-7 during that stretch.
The Cosmos also gave up their first goal in 372 minutes, a modern NASL record, before the Scorpions scored the only goal of the game in the 15thminute. Eric Hassli scored on a rebound from about six yards out. Cosmos goalie Jimmy Maurer made the initial save on a shot by Danny Barrera, but he couldn’t prevent the rebound from going into the goal.
Ironically, the last team to score a goal against the Cosmos was the Scorpions who scored back on October 26 in a 2-1 New York victory.
Once San Antonio took the lead, they clamped down defensively. The Cosmos dominated the statistical side of things, but never solved goalie David Bingham.
By game’s end, the Cosmos outshot the Scorpions 20-5 and had 12 corner kicks to just one for the visitors. But San Antonio did a good job of keeping the Cosmos on the perimeter and preventing them from getting many quality scoring chances.
The Scorpions also clamped down on Cosmos midfielder Marcos Senna. Every time Senna got the ball, he was immediately challenged by a group of defenders. The result was that Senna was unable to set up the Cosmos attack and make plays.
The closest the home team came to scoring came in the final minutes of the first half. Forward Mads Stokkelien took a great shot from about 30 yards out which curled just wide of the far post.
In the second half, the Cosmos best chance came off the foot of Danny Szetela in the 62nd minute but Bingham managed to make the save.
The Cosmos are now 2-1-0 on the season. They resume play Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. ET when they visit the Carolina Railhawks.